Most consecutive batters retired against one team

Recently on the Retrosheet email list it was asked, what are the longest streaks of consecutive batters retired by one pitcher against one club.  As Retrosheet currently has complete play-by-play back through 1974, we can answer that question reliably that far back.  Here are the list of the pitchers who have retired 30 or more consecutive batters against one club in that span. (All opponents are referred to by their current team ID, so, e.g., David Cone’s feat was against the team currently known as the Washington Nationals, but of course were the Montréal Expos at the time).

Pitcher Surname Use name Opponent Length Started Ended
garcf002 Garcia Freddy ANA 39 20060509 20060913
bakes002 Baker Scott KCA 38 20070730 20070831
browt001 Browning Tom LAN 38 19880911 19880916
bosic001 Bosio Chris BOS 35 19930422 19930704
cainm001 Cain Matt HOU 34 20110828 20120715
hernf002 Hernandez Felix TBA 34 20120430 20140512
ryu-h001 Ryu Hyun-jin CIN 34 20130727 20140526
belct001 Belcher Tim NYN 34 19920830 19920904
bassa001 Bass Anthony SFN 33 20110824 20120428
krukm001 Krukow Mike NYN 32 19860522 19860601
sheeb001 Sheets Ben PIT 32 20060725 20060913
rogek001 Rogers Kenny ANA 32 19940624 19950511
downs001 Downs Scott TEX 32 20090608 20110827
myerr001 Myers Randy SFN 32 19870526 19890519
maddg002 Maddux Greg SFN 32 20060813 20060819
montj101 Montague John ANA 31 19770716 19790404
coned001 Cone David WAS 31 19920616 20000605
buehm001 Buehrle Mark TBA 31 20090723 20100421
sancj002 Sanchez Jonathan SDN 31 20090520 20090710
blylb001 Blyleven Bert ANA 31 19850619 19850624
welld001 Wells David MIN 31 19970809 19980811
bradd002 Braden Dallas TBA 31 20100509 20100822
nomoh001 Nomo Hideo TOR 31 20010525 20010531
darvy001 Darvish Yu HOU 30 20120615 20130402
johnr005 Johnson Randy ATL 30 20030815 20060626
remlm001 Remlinger Mike WAS 30 19970917 19970928
westj001 Westbrook Jake DET 30 20030904 20040425
bibbj001 Bibby Jim ATL 30 19810519 19830525

The aforementioned streak by Cone was the longest in terms of time span – he retired 31 consecutive Expos, but over a span from June 1992 through June 2000. The second longest span was by Billy Wagner, who threw a “perfect game” against Phillies batters between 23 August 2001 and 13 June 2006.

One could also ask the inverse question: What are the longest streaks of not getting a batter out, against one team?  The current holder of this dubious distinction is Luke Hudson, who failed to retire 15 consecutive Indians over two outings in 2005 and 2006:

Pitcher Surname Use name Opponent Length Started Ended
hudsl001 Hudson Luke CLE 15 20050625 20060813
hefnj001 Hefner Jeremy PHI 13 20120920 20130410
lemad101 Lemanczyk Dave SEA 13 19780506 19780718
dierl101 Dierker Larry CIN 12 19750924 19760603
albem001 Albers Matt CHN 12 20080625 20120617
romer002 Romero Ricky TBA 12 20120902 20130508
kiled001 Kile Darryl CIN 11 19980410 19990715
hursb001 Hurst Bruce NYA 11 19870929 19880606
welsc001 Welsh Chris PHI 11 19820501 19830621
burkj001 Burkett John LAN 11 19900928 19910428
joneb003 Jones Bobby COL 11 20010927 20020530
jansc001 Janssen Casey BOS 11 20090818 20100426
brewb001 Brewer Billy ATL 11 19970629 19980404
leitm001 Leiter Mark LAN 11 19960417 19960711
raggb001 Raggio Brady MIA 11 19980515 19980515
hawka001 Hawkins Andy BOS 11 19890926 19900605
nomoh001 Nomo Hideo CHN 11 19970812 19980418
nelsg001 Nelson Gene TEX 11 19910626 19910702
hochl001 Hochevar Luke CHA 11 20100515 20110405
welsc001 Welsh Chris SDN 11 19860817 19861005
violf001 Viola Frank BOS 11 19850901 19860530
venam002 Venafro Mike DET 11 20010508 20010808
richc002 Richard Clayton MIN 11 20090410 20110617
dresr001 Drese Ryan NYA 11 20020713 20020724

The source code we used to generate these results can be found here.